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‘Europe’ in Greece: Lay constructions of Europe in the context of Greek immigration debates

Andreouli, E, Kadianaki, I, Figgou, L, Sapountzis, A and Xenitidou, Maria (2017) ‘Europe’ in Greece: Lay constructions of Europe in the context of Greek immigration debates Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 27 (2). pp. 158-168.

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Abstract

In this paper, we analyse discourses about Europe in Greek debates about immigration and citizenship and highlight the complexities of ‘Europeanness’ as a symbolic resource for argumentation in these debates. Our data consist of lay discourses from two rounds of online public deliberation (2009/2010 and 2015) about a controversial new citizenship law in Greece. Our analysis shows that Europe is an ambivalent category. On the one hand, Europe symbolises progress, but, on the other hand, it is also constructed in terms of decline and ‘contamination’ by multiculturalism. Further, our analysis shows that the category of Europe can be mobilised in contradictory ways, in order to support arguments for and against citizenship rights for migrants. The paper concludes with a discussion of the ways in which constructions of Europe are implicated in processes of othering and inclusion in the context of current immigration debates.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Sociology
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Andreouli, EUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Kadianaki, IUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Figgou, LUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Sapountzis, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Xenitidou, MariaM.Xenitidou@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 6 February 2017
Identification Number : 10.1002/casp.2301
Copyright Disclaimer : This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Andreouli, E., Figgou, L., Kadianaki, I., Sapountzis, A., and Xenitidou, M. (2017) “Europe” in Greece: Lay constructions of Europe in the context of Greek immigration debates. J. Community Appl. Soc. Psychol., 27: 158–168. doi: 10.1002/casp.2301, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/casp.2301/full. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Greece; Europe; citizenship; immigration; East-West
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Additional Information : Special Issue on the European Union and the Refugee Crisis. Guest Editors: Dr Rahul Sambaraju & Prof Chris McVittie
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 19 Jan 2017 14:20
Last Modified : 07 Jul 2017 10:42
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/813335

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